Newburyport Harbor

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One of the best selling images I’ve done over the years is the classic ‘Newburyport Harbor”. The best to date has been “Newburyport Harbor 2010” (above) with over 100 prints sold and widely used and distributed throughout the community. It hasn’t been easy in capturing this shot, with many many days of sky-watching and radar monitoring. Chasing rainbows is a little like ‘storm chasing’. Countless runs to the top of the bridge has been made over the years with more disappointments and misses than hits. A lot of people think that capturing a rainbow over the harbor is pure luck. I assure you, it’s not.

I have more stories of heartbreak, than success.

But on those rare occasions when the heavens open up and the opportunity to capture that brief moment of celestial magic, the efforts pay off in one solitary ‘Newburyport Minute’.

So it was on June 17th.

Introducing ‘Newburyport Harbor 2016’.

 

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Newburyport Harbor 2016

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Newburyport Harbor 2016

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Newburyport Harbor 2015

 

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Newburyport Harbor 2013

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Newburyport Harbor 2007

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Newburyport Harbor 2009

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Newburyport Harbor 2006

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Artisan Revival Library Presentation

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival Newburyport Public Library presentation on June 8th, 2016.

Featured Photograph (Above);  John Brown with the backdrop of Jack Frost’s Yankee Homecoming program book cover of 1958. Jack Frost was the artist that first envisioned the Yankee Homecoming Festival in Newburyport. In 2013, John had the honor of creating the cover of the Yankee Homecoming program book as a tribute to the original creator of Yankee Homecoming, as well as the artist of the very first Yankee Homecoming program book cover in 1958.

See; Tribute to Jack Frost for more information. This page tells the story.

“I believe its important to remember, embrace and to pay tribute to original visions when so many times the visions manifest themselves, but the artist behind them are often disregarded, forgotten or overshadowed by corporate sponsors and political motives by others over the years. The principals of such visions must be upheld and given due credit to the visionaries that created them in order to remember and embrace the principals in which they were created for in the first place.

            I hope that this special tribute to Jack Frost and the creators of the first Yankee Homecoming in many ways serves as a reminder of these principals and sets an example to never forget, nor undermine the artist contributions to community, heritage and history, as well as their visions for the future.”

John Brown – 2013

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Lucy’s Love Bus parked outside the Newburyport Public Library, prior to the Inn Street Artisan Revival Presentation on June 8th, 2016. Lucy’s Love Bus will be the first non-profit and humanitarian featured exhibit during the Artisans Revival on Saturday July 30th, 2016. There will be a special ‘children’s art project’ fundraiser during the day.

Read more about Lucy’s Love Bus here.

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John Brown (photo above) during the library introduction to the Artisans Revival. John believes the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival has stemmed from a ‘community concept’ first presented at the Newburyport Library in 2006 in an exhibit  entitled, Newburyport; An American Perspective.

From the Spirit of Newburyport’s website – 2006

Newburyport: An American Perspective ’ is a contemporary concourse designed to serve as a model for establishing a new modern day paradigm in personal and community development. It is an expression of the current state of the American Dream, a dream that the artist feels was once the pride and aspiration of all Americans and the envy of the rest of the world. It is a social call for a community movement, to once again answer the call as wayfarer’s, and lead a restoration of the American Dream through personal and community empowerment, at a time in which world events threaten to destroy the very fiber of the American way of life as we know it.

It is also intended to confront some of the most current and pressing issues facing our country today such as personal dis-empowerment, rampant development and globalization, social unconsciousness, political and corporate corruption, corporate outsourcing, and continued degradation of civil liberties in exchange for security, that may all be contributing factors to the so-called ‘decline of American values’.

Come join us in a celebratory event of the enduring American spirit that can spark a social consciousness that has the potential to reek across our nation once again, like that of burning teas.”

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‘Big Ben’ Twombly, speaking on behalf of the Historical role in the Inn Street Artisans Revival, on ‘tapping into the co-creative power of infinite possibilities and imaginative lifestyle’.

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Beecher Grogan, director of Lucy’s Love Bus – Speaking on behalf of the Artisan Revival Non-Profit and Humanitarian Groups.

“Lucy Grogan was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Throughout Lucy’s long illness, concerned individuals like you raised money to help support Lucy. Lucy learned about the benefits of integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, art therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding during her treatment.

When Lucy was 11, she told her mother that when she was “done with cancer” she wanted to start a program that would provide free integrative therapies to all children with cancer to help manage the side effects and late effects of traditional cancer treatment. Since 2006, our generous supporters have helped us deliver love and comfort to over 500 children with cancer.”

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The ‘Ah Ha Moment’…That moment when the realization becomes evident as to what the conversation should really be about on Inn Street during  Yankee Homecoming. It has taken almost sixty years for the local artisans to have a chance to not only sponsor a local economic based festival, but the opportunity to benefit economically as well. The Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival should be the first for the next sixty years to come.

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John Brown (Above) – MacDonald’s and the Inn Street Blues.
“The Straw that broke the Inn Street Yankee Homecoming corporate sponsored back, and the catalyst for the Inn Street Artisans Revival.”
From the Newburyport Daily News – August 2015;
“My concern is the so-called corporatization of Yankee Homecoming,” Sweethaven Gallery and Studio owner Greg Nikas said. “I understand that Yankee Homecoming needs to make money in order to put on these events, particularly the fireworks. But my feeling when I saw the McDonald’s stand was of one of total disbelief and disgust. McDonald’s does not belong on Inn Street in any way, shape or form.”
 
A Newburyport resident since 1991, Nikas has been in his Inn Street photo studio location for the past eight years and while he said he appreciates what Yankee Homecoming brings to the city each summer, this year’s crop of promotional kiosks — including the fast food giant’s booth and two home improvement companies aggressively soliciting pedestrians — do not fit in with Yankee Homecoming’s original intent.
 
“People feel they are being assaulted out here,” Nikas said. “It’s like running a gauntlet”. They can’t walk by without these people jumping in their face and sticking a brochure in front of them. That’s not in the spirit of Yankee Homecoming. And Macdonalds with their big monstrous booth looming over Inn Street, people are really annoyed by this.”
 
Greg Nikas was present at the library presentation and spoke on behalf of the small creative business’s that are directly effected by past misguided policy and priorities. Unfortunately no one took a picture of Greg during the presentation but, as always, Greg will continue to speak out. Thank you Greg for your service this year for the Newburyport Artwalk, and your pictures and coverage of the library presentation on behalf of the Inn Street Artisans Revival.

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Sandra Turner – Speaking on behalf as a Revival Representative, and what it means to be a sponsor of the first time event; the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016.

Sandra was asked to represent the artisans because her own “personal transformative decision” to launch a new, creative, and personally fulfilling venture, “PlumIslander Art & Design”, coinciding with the launch of the first time event, the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival.

‘An honor and a pleasure to be part of something that is innovative and exciting!”

Sandra Turner – June 8th, 2016

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Sandra Turner’s newly published Color Book available at the Inn Street Artisans Revival

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John Tavano; speaking on behalf of the Artisans Revival Musicians

“Events like this allow the residents of Newburyport, as well as visitors to our city, the experience of seeing and hearing the high artistic level of this community.”

John Tavano – June 8th, 2016

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Dan Potocki, speaking on behalf of the Inn Street Artisans Revival Street performers;

One and Only Chance to get it right’

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Time out for a little magic trick demonstration

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Still got my thumbs!

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Reunion; Adrian and Brown , a decade after Newburyport; An American Perspective.

Dedication to Ted Kyrios

“I was saddened deeply to hear of Teds passing. My interest in this city began with him, and I owe him a great deal of gratitude. Ted Kyrios did a slide show on the history of Newburyport during that first presentation, and provided images taken in 1976 of Inn Street (Inn Street Pheonix) and Market Square during the bi-centennial celebration of America. I will never forget these first few days in which I look back on now as setting sail on a remarkable discovery.”

John Brown – 2015

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Alex Adrian – Speaking on Personal, Small Business, and Corporate Transformation , ten years after being part of the presentation – Newburyport; An American Perspective.

“…Personal transformation is the source of it all.  That is where it begins without a doubt.  I encourage everyone to look at what their own opportunities are for personal transformation and growth and then see where they can contribute to the community in the spirit of love and service.  That’s it.”
Alex Adrian – June 8th 2016

Read more here for the whole story; Reflections on Ten Years 

 

 

Artisans Revival Update #7

Dear Friends and Participants of the Inn Street Artisans Revival,

We are getting close to the final volunteer meeting of Yankee Homecoming steering committees in July. At this time I must make a request, that all outstanding balances on vending fees be paid by that time. I do not know the specific date in July for this meeting, but I would like to set the initial date for all outstanding balances to be paid by July 1st. If anyone has a problem meeting this deadline, please contact me directly.

Also, There have been several artisans that have not forwarded any information on their business at all. I am trying my best to be able to provide the most available information regarding your business for optimum marketing and promotion during this high exposed festival.Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated and in your best interest. This information will be featured in these updates as well as the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Revival event web page.

With that said, I have a few pertinent directives to accomplish between now and this time in July leading up to the final volunteer meeting.

1. Book all remaining vending spaces.
2. Collect all remaining outstanding balances.
3. Schedule all music, and performing acts for the Inn St Stage.
4. list all featured information and participating vendors and musicians on the YH event page

Once this is done, the last directive before the beginning of the festival will be booth placement.

Thank you all for your continued support and participation.

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
http://www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street
Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL

Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-chairman-plans-new-events/image_bbb69aed-9618-5e3f-b71b-58ebc768d639.html

Spirit of Newburyport Blog
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

Artisans Revival Update
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/inn-street-artisans-revival-update/

Tribute to Jack Frost
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/

Inn Street Blues
http://www.newburyportnews.com/homecoming/inn-street-blues/article_e1cde82d-7d50-512a-9ea3-10e1f983097e.html

Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html

Newburyport; A Contemporary Perspective
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm

Presentation – Revival Update #6

Dear Friends and Participants of the Revival,

I wanted to make a quick update before too much time has surpassed since the Library presentation last Wednesday night.

First and foremost, I would like acknowledge and thank everyone that showed up and contributed to this first public event of the Revival. Your participation, whether you realize it or not, and as stated in my opening introduction, has, and will continue, to change the course of the Revival on Inn Street, and thus, the history of the city itself. Trust me when I tell you, this is NOT an overstatement. In time, you will come to fully realize the implications of this, and just exactly what I am talking about here, if not now.

The Revival has begun.

Due to some interactions on account of the presentation, there are some ongoing conversation that may, or may not, have an effect on the current direction of the Revival for the better. One thing that I can say for sure is, that it never matters on the ‘quantity’ of an audience, but more about the quality, and those that do choose to attend and participate. As stated also in update #5, what mattered most was the substance of the information and presentation itself. This could not have been more evident and proven within the presence of those that made it a priority, and chose to come forth and directly impact the direction in which the Revival is moving.

Again, thank you for all those that were present, and especially to all those that chose to step forward and claim their seats, and even further, to speak, at the first public presentation of the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival.

As soon as I have more information to share I will post another update, and fill you in on all the specifics.

In the meantime, I am working on pictures and videos of the presentation to present to all in a comprehensive update to be posted as soon. Again, thank you to all that has made this possible.

To all those that could not make it and have contacted me, I thank you for your consideration and will be following up personally shortly.

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
http://www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street
Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL

Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-chairman-plans-new-events/image_bbb69aed-9618-5e3f-b71b-58ebc768d639.html

Spirit of Newburyport Blog
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

Artisans Revival Update
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/inn-street-artisans-revival-update/

Tribute to Jack Frost
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/

Inn Street Blues
http://www.newburyportnews.com/homecoming/inn-street-blues/article_e1cde82d-7d50-512a-9ea3-10e1f983097e.html

Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html

Newburyport; A Contemporary Perspective
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm

Artisans Revival Update #5

Dear Friends and Participants of the Artisans Revival,

O.k. Im never any good at holding off on surprises. So here’s one I need to let out of the bag. I also feel that in so doing, this project gets the attention that it deserves. Tonite, when you arrive at the Newburyport Library, you will be greeted with Lucy’s Love Bus. I couldn’t think of a better ‘transformative work of art’ to better kick off this public event.

Beecher, as well as the Love Bus is no stranger to Yankee Homecoming. And it is my sincerest honor and pleasure to have Lucy’s Love Bus as part of the Inn Street Artisans Revival. In a conversation with Beecher the other day on the phone she asked me, like many others of late, what is the Revival all about in just a couple of words? I gave her three (o.k. ,maybe three or four….). What I should have said to her was to look no further than the Love Bus.

Talk about infinite spirit, life, art and transformation?

From the website http://lucyslovebus.org/

Beecher Grogan is the Director of Lucy’s Love Bus and the mother of our founder, Lucy Grogan. She has two other beautiful children named Jane and Eli. Beecher lives in Massachusetts with her children and her 2 tiny dogs, Lukie and Papi. Beecher is a featured writer in the book, ‘Twelve Breaths a Minute’, a series of essays that has been highlighted on National Public Radio. She has also written a book for children with cancer called ‘A Lion Inside’ that is now available for purchase from our online store. Beecher’s boundless enthusiasm and drive are only matched by her passion to deliver comfort and quality of life to children with cancer. She has made it her purpose and personal mission to do everything possible for pediatric cancer patients around the country. Beecher is available for speaking engagements for children, teens, or adults to share Lucy’s story and her message of hope, humor, and inspiration.

Beecher will be speaking tonite at the Library on behalf of the non-profits and the humanitarian groups of the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival. The Love Bus will be making an appearance not only at the library this evening, but it will also be kicking off the Revival on Inn Street with a special Childrens art project on Saturday July 30th. More information will be available as we kick closer to Yankee Homecoming.

From the website http://lucyslovebus.org/

The mission of Lucy’s Love Bus™ is to:
deliver comfort and quality of life to pediatric cancer patients by providing funds for free integrative therapies, and
offer young people lifelong lessons in leadership and service to others through philanthropy.
Lucy Grogan was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Throughout Lucy’s long illness, concerned individuals like you raised money to help support Lucy. Lucy learned about the benefits of integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, art therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding during her treatment.
When Lucy was 11, she told her mother that when she was “done with cancer” she wanted to start a program that would provide free integrative therapies to all children with cancer to help manage the side effects and late effects of traditional cancer treatment. Since 2006, our generous supporters have helped us deliver love and comfort to over 500 children with cancer.

Lucy Grogan founded Lucy’s Love Bus in 2006, from her hospital bed in Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Looking at the hustle and bustle out her window, Lucy said, “Mama, if we’re in Chinatown, why isn’t anyone in here getting acupuncture?” Acupuncture was one of the only things that relieved Lucy of the chronic nausea that plagued her during treatment. Thanks to the support of her community in Amesbury, Lucy had access to integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, horseback riding, art, and music. Lucy learned that these integrative therapies that were so profoundly helpful to her during the course of her treatment were not covered by insurance, and therefore many children with cancer did not have access to them. She decided that when she was “done with cancer,” she would help to make sure that all children had the same access to the helpful integrative therapies that she took advantage of during treatment.
Predating the existence of an actual “bus,” Lucy named her organization Lucy’s Love Bus, centered on the mission of delivering comfort to children with cancer who needed it now; those for whom a cure would come too late. Lucy passed away only six months later, but her mission and dream continue on in the organization she founded.
Enter: The Love Bus. Donated to our organization in 2010, this gorgeous girl is a 1970 Volkswagen Westfalia Bus, fueled by YOUR LOVE! This donated van was painted to resemble a Monarch butterfly by our great and amazingly talented friend Deb Bonnacorso of Deb’s Custom Art in North Shore, Mass!
Check out the transformation – WHOA!

The Love Bus has been custom designed to fit a massage table in the back, with a pop-top to allow room for a massage therapist to stand while working on a client. Originally used in our flagship program called “Acupuncture on Wheels,” our fair lady today is mostly spotted at parades and fundraising events, or she can come to your workplace to show the wonders of integrative therapies and to encourage employee giving campaigns for companies/businesses interested in our “Lucy’s Pit Crew” Corporate Involvement Program! The Love Bus also visits schools successful in reaching their fundraising goals as part of ourLucy’s Kid Corps Program! If you’d like to learn more about having The Love Bus bring some massage/acupuncture to your workplace or to your school for a visit, please contact Beecher at beecher@lucyslovebus.org to learn more!

You will hear a lot about ‘Ten Years Ago” this evening. I remember well my first impressions and memory regarding Lucy’s Love Bus and what its all about when my partner Kat Couree first told me about her volunteer involvement with it way back, almost ten years ago now. I still remember the photograph of her from the newspaper releasing the butterflies into the air. I still get all choked up inside just writing about this.

I just thought of one word now that best describes what the Revival is all about to me.

Love.

See you tonite.

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
http://www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street
Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL

Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-chairman-plans-new-events/image_bbb69aed-9618-5e3f-b71b-58ebc768d639.html

Spirit of Newburyport Blog
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

Artisans Revival Update
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/inn-street-artisans-revival-update/

Tribute to Jack Frost
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/

Inn Street Blues
http://www.newburyportnews.com/homecoming/inn-street-blues/article_e1cde82d-7d50-512a-9ea3-10e1f983097e.html

Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html

Newburyport; A Contemporary Perspective
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm

Artisans Revival Update #4

Dear Friends and Participants of the Artisans Revival,

The Artisans Revival continues to grow, despite the focus on my own work and pre-occupation over the past couple weeks dealing with the Memorial Day Spring Festival, the arrival of the tall ships El Galeon and the Lynx. This update includes several new participants and volunteers on the list.

Welcome to the Revival!

If you have landed on this email list and would like to be removed for whatever reason, please respond with ‘Remove’ in the subject line. Thank you.

I am happy to announce that the Spirit of Newburyport kiosk is now back out on Inn Street for the beginning of its seventh season. Its was good to see some Revival participants during the Spring Fest and holiday weekend.

You may also know that this past Saturday marked the debut of the Inn Street Fountain and splash pad. Even though its great to see renovations being done and efforts to re-vitalize the area being brought forth, personally, I have reservations on whether or not this project will be a benefit to Inn Street and a vital economic boost for the surrounding area. At this point, I simply do not see it. I have wanted to put out a blog update regarding the completion of the project, but decided that it was in the best interest to postpone it until after the ribbon cutting ceremony. My concerns range from safety of the children, ambiance and peace of the area, to its economic impact (or lack thereof), as well as prospects for a more permanent artisans market. Now that the initial opening festivities have past, I will indeed be following up with a blog update regarding this project, and the rest of the Inn Street renovation and beautification project, (or again, lack thereof) in the time to come. So more on all that later.

For now I am going to stay focused on the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival, and give you a little preview on what will be in store during this Wednesday Night’s Premier Presentation at the Newburyport Library Program Room at 7 PM.

For starters, this presentation is only the beginning. I, as well as most volunteer members that I have been in contact with, have been totally out straight with personal projects. So, don’t expect a lot of pomp and bling. Besides, that’s not what the Revival is all about. It doesn’t need it, because it speaks volumes on its own regarding its core foundation and intention. But with that said, I’m very excited, as well as others, to finally be getting this show on the road, even if it is only a presentation of pre-views to come, and hear more about what it means to others.

One thing that will be clearly evident, is that the ideas and visions of the Revival have just begun. But what has now been openly discussed among the committee and chairman members, the volunteers, and myself, is the word ‘annual’ in relation to the Artisans revival. I find this very key,…and very exciting regarding any ‘pre-success’ of this event, given that it hasn’t happened yet. But, in many ways,…it already has. Just the fact that it has been born out of a vision, and you have responded to that vision speaks volumes. This will become more and more evident as time goes on. The ideas and visions for this event may or may not take root totally during the first year, but the seeds are being sown for growth. Growth and expansion on the initial possibilities that are now being brought forth. The Revival is about creation itself. Any ideas or visions that do not take root this year, will continue to grow and expand next year. It will all come down to each and every individual that comes forth and chooses to contribute to this collective creative process of a community event.

I have said it a few times lately. I don’t care if ten people show up at the library. The event will be documented and archived for future promotion and its seeds of passion of the individuals that have responded will continue to flourish and lay the framework for such an event to continue to grow and expand.

Many people continue to ask me what the Revival is all about. I have expounded on this a few times within these updates. What I find amazing is that it is constantly growing and expanding in concept, and frequently means something different to someone else. It will be very interesting to hear the different perspectives on Wednesday Night.

For me, I think I summed it up best in my last update when I used the definition of the word ‘Revival’ itself.

A resuscitation of something that is dying.

With that said, id like to take this opportunity to give you a little sneak preview of some of the volunteers and categories in which will be spoken of or supported by the presence of a silent witness. There may be a few additions by the time this presentation takes place, but for now I will just touch upon some of those that have agreed to step forward and claim their seat for the creation of the Revival platform.

First, I will be expanding on some of the concepts that were first put forth through a special art exhibit and speaker presentation at the Library ten years ago entitled ; Newburyport; A Contemporary Perspective. As mentioned before, the archives for this presentation can still be seen, and heard within my Spirit of Newburyport blog, here;
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/reflections-on-ten-years/

I will continue to expound on the concepts of group dynamics based on individual freedom of expression and creativity. I will also give a little background of my personal intimate experience as an artist on Inn Street now for the past ten years, and what has led me here to be a coordinator of the first Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival.

Speaking on behalf the Artisans themselves, I look forward to introducing Sandra Turner, a water-colorist and illustrator and owner of PlumIsland Art. She is introducing her own line of coloring books. Sandra is a former Art Director, member of the Newburyport Artist Association, and an instructor at the Artist Playground in Newburyport. I have found Sandra’s emerging business of Plumisland Art very akin and concurrent to that of the Artisans Revival and look forward to hearing her share a little regarding her personal experience. Sandra also participated in her first show on Inn Street just this past Memorial Day weekend. You may find more information about sandra and PlumIsland Art here;
Plumislander Art Blog
http://plumislanderart.com/blog-1/

Boston Globe North Article:Sandra Turner invites people to color their world
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2016/04/22/sandra-turner-invites-people-color-their-world/OOIruVDTLYeOZXKXkKK3UN/story.html

Local Plum Island Artist Coloring Book Inspiration

Local Plum Island Artist Coloring Book Inspiration

Another speaker and staunch supporter of the Revival will be ‘Big Ben’ Twombly. You may have seen or heard Ben as a co-host on Evolvement Radio, alongside Micheal Bernier, the current Musical Director of Yankee Homecoming. Ben also works in restoration and property management. Ben is currently finding his voice and contribution to the Revival through the study of History and Law, and will be enlightening us on the historical significance of craftsmanship and peddling, and how it relates to the artisans market.

Another big aspect of the Artisans Revival is the music and entertainment on the Inn Street Stage. We are looking to incorporate a lot of diversity regarding this stage over time including performing arts, theater arts, poetry, demonstrations as well as music. Don Potocki, a magician and M.C. Host, will be offering some insight and ideas regarding his experiences, thoughts and correspondences on such topics.

One of my favorite performers around the Newburyport area for the past decade has been classical guitarist John Tavano. You may have recently seen him performing with his Spanish guitar on the deck of the El Galeon. John and I have been recently discussing some ideas reading the type of musical performances that could possibly be incorporated into the Inn Street Stage and how we can ‘upgrade’ the acts. What a lot of people may not know about John is that he is a great painter as well! I’m honored that John has decided to join us and look forward to what he has to say regarding the Revival.

This is just some of the supporters and contributors of the Revival that have chosen to stand up and step forward with their personal contributions and ideas including graphic artist and contributor to the Revival in many ways as well as the wonderful logos for the Revival, Kat Couree.

There will be others that will join us on Wednesday night and will seat themselves up front to offer their moral support and contribute to any questions and answers portion of the program, and I look forward to introducing each and every one of them. There may also be other developments and surprises ‘pending’. You never know. Perhaps there will be a portion for a ‘Revival Improv’!

Where this all goes still remains to be seen but I tip my hat to those that have answered the call and have stepped forward to claim a seat at the first public presentation of the first annual Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival. Personally I love traditions. I also love starting new ones. Perhaps this is the beginning of a yearly tradition in which artisans, musicians and contributors of the Revival come together for a ‘pre-view’ of whats to come for the coming year.

There will be many opportunities for promotion and marketing for the artisans, musicians, performers and demonstrators of the Revival. If you are new to the list of participants or have procrastinated on getting me your bios and promo material, please do. The more material I have to work with, the better it will be for all of us.

If you have contacted me or have talked to someone regarding the Revival and have not heard back yet, please be patient. The show is growing in leaps and bounds over the past few months and I am trying to get the personnel in place to handle it all, all while maintaining and focusing on my own business now that the season is in full swing. Most the focus in the beginning was booking the artisans. More attention is now beginning to be given to musicians, non-profits and humanitarian groups, performers, and demonstrators.

I hope I have gotten all the previous information correct. I wouldn’t be surprised to have to add an update to this update before tomorrow evening!

I’ve added some more links below for your ‘Revival Exploration’ ; )

Look for to seeing you tomorrow night!

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
http://www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street
Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL

Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-chairman-plans-new-events/image_bbb69aed-9618-5e3f-b71b-58ebc768d639.html

Spirit of Newburyport Blog
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

Artisans Revival Update
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/inn-street-artisans-revival-update/

Tribute to Jack Frost
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/

Inn Street Blues
http://www.newburyportnews.com/homecoming/inn-street-blues/article_e1cde82d-7d50-512a-9ea3-10e1f983097e.html

Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html

Newburyport; A Contemporary Perspective
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm